Morning Read: ‘If It Walks Like a Duck and Talks Like a Duck’

David Dinkins at the U.S. Open. (Photo: Nick Laham/Getty)
David Dinkins at the U.S. Open. (Photo: Nick Laham/Getty)

Headline of the Day: “Praised by de Blasio, Dinkins Responds With an Arrow.”

Caption of the Day: “And their dad, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, was in Playgirl’s Top 10 list of sexiest men in 1985.”

According to “a person familiar with the matter,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s recent meeting with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was simply routine and Mr. Christie “expressed no commitment of support for his possible challenge” to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in the words of the Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, a new Marist College poll shows Mr. Cuomo narrowly beating Mr. Christie in New York if the two run for president in 2016–a slight contrast with a Siena College poll that showed Mr. Christie slightly ahead. And a Quinnipiac University poll out today shows strong approval ratings for Mr. Cuomo.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, describing where he gets his suits, referred to part of his city as “dumpy”: “I was out there the other day to get a new sport jacket and I come outside — and this is in a dumpy warehouse part of Brooklyn — and there’s a juice bar across the street and another fancy place.”

Transit advocates are out with a rebranded and equity-minded congestion-pricing proposal, which has some former skeptics like Councilman Mark Weprin sounding sympathetic. Others are less impressed, however, like Councilman-elect Rory Lancman, who insisted, “If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s congestion pricing.”

The Staten Island Advance and Capital New York have more on last night’s City Council speaker forum, including Republican Councilman Vinny Ignizio arguing that the minority caucus played “a key role” in past speaker races, and that they “intend on similarly playing a key role in the next election of the speaker.”

And here’s video, via, of Staten Island’s three incoming members–Councilwoman Debi Rose, Councilman-elect Steve Matteo and Mr. Ignizio–discussing the speaker’s race:

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